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Language policy as a means of integration/disintegration
Festival "The power of language"

June 2007
Festival "The power of language" June 15. 11.30 a.m.
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Speaker: Renate Misevica, Latvian Ministry of Integration, Riga

The subject “language policy as a means of integration/disintegration” describes a particularly intensive ongoing debate in Latvia.

Over the last 10 to 15 years, language has repeatedly been instrumentalised in Latvia as a means of integration and disintegration. The way society as a whole handles this contentious issue and the related discourse of the Goethe-Institut are to be presented at the Festival: "The power of language” in the form of a lecture.

In the course of the 20th century, the relative positions of the different ethnic groups in the country changed fundamentally as a result of flight, extermination, deportation and immigration. It is true that Latvia has now been independent since 1991, but the language laws – with their hard-hitting impact on schools, administration and commerce – remain controversial. In the lecture, the objectives of this policy are to be discussed and the arguments of the proponents and opponents considered. What social, political, demographic consequences has the language policy had? To what extent has this policy actually influenced the linguistic practice of people in Latvia whose native language is Latvian or Russian?

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